Tuesday, May 24, 2016
LOVE THAT BOY
What Two Presidents, Eight Road Trips,
And My Son Taught Me About
A Parent's Expectations
By Ron Fournier
OVERVIEW: Love That Boy is a uniquely personal story about the causes and costs of outsized parental expectations. What we want for our children—popularity, normalcy, achievement, genius—and what they truly need—grit, empathy, character—are explored by The Atlantic's Ron Fournier, who weaves his extraordinary journey to acceptance around the latest research on childhood development and stories of other loving-but-struggling parents.
AUTHOR: RON FOURNIER is a political columnist for The Atlantic and National Journal. He began his family and career in Arkansas covering then governor Bill Clinton before moving to Washington in 1993, where he reported on politics and the presidency during the administrations of Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama. Fournier also served as a fellow at the Harvard Institute of Politics, where he wrote the New York Times bestseller Applebee's America. He holds the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi Award for coverage of the 2000 elections, and he is a four-time winner of the prestigious White House Correspondents' Association Merriman Smith Memorial Award.
MY REVIEW: First let me say, this is not just a book for parents with Aspergers. A term I had never heard before picking up this book. "Perhaps the simplest way to understand Asperger's syndrome is to think of it as describing someone who perceives and thinks about the world differently to other people." This form of autism gets its name from Hans Asperger, the pediatrician who first identified this form of autism. Fournier's inspiring book is a blessing to parents with an autistic child but it is also has so much to teach all parents, sons, and daughters.
I agree with comedian Jim Gaffigan who said, "Love That Boy captures both the fears and gifts of fatherhood and Fournier writes about it with honest, selfless clarity. This is a joy to read and should be required for all new dads...really." I love what Pulitzer Prize-winning author David Maraniss wrote, "This illuminating and touching book gives us the great gift of letting us know and appreciate the Asperger's world of young Tyler Fournier, who steals scenes from presidents while teaching his parents and all of us what is important in life." That's it! What is important in life. This is a book about that!
I have been saying this is a book for all parents. It's more than that. You don't have to be a parent to profit from this book. Once again, this is a book about what is important in life.
(I received this book from Blogging For Books in exchange for a fair and honest review.)